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star this property date less than 2019-10-23more like thismore than 2019-10-23
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Department for Education more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Racial Harassment more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they will make in response to the report of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Tackling Racial Harassment: Universities Challenged, published on 23 October. more like this
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Lord Boateng more like this
star this property uin HL347 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-31more like thismore than 2019-10-31
star this property answer text <p>Racial harassment is unacceptable and we cannot tolerate staff and students being victims of it at our world-leading universities.</p><p> </p><p>Higher education providers have clear responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and should discharge their responsibilities fully and have robust policies and procedures in place to comply with the law, to investigate and swiftly address incidents reported to them.</p><p> </p><p>The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) inquiry has made an important contribution to our knowledge of the extent of racism in higher education. The government will look closely at EHRC’s recommendations. Although some progress has been made, it is clear there is still more to do. Universities have clear responsibilities in this regard and I expect them to take these seriously.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-10-31T13:45:16.55Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-31T13:45:16.55Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Boateng more like this
1152026
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star this property date less than 2019-10-23more like thismore than 2019-10-23
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Racial Harassment more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Universities UK about the steps it is taking to reduce racial abuse on campuses. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL370 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-31more like thismore than 2019-10-31
star this property answer text <p>Racial harassment is unacceptable and we cannot tolerate staff and students being victims of it at our world-leading universities.</p><p> </p><p>Higher education providers have clear responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and should discharge their responsibilities fully and have robust policies and procedures in place to comply with the law, to investigate and swiftly address incidents reported to them.</p><p> </p><p>The government will continue to work closely with partners, including Universities UK (UUK) and the Office for Students (OfS), to drive progress on matters of racial harassment and hatred in higher education. Department for Education officials meet with UUK and OfS at least quarterly to discuss progress on this area, drive momentum and communicate the government’s priorities.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-10-31T13:44:37.697Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-31T13:44:37.697Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1156602
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star this property date less than 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Intellectual Property more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to UK universities about the risk of (1) hostile state actors, and (2) a reliance on funding from Chinese students and the theft of research and intellectual property from campuses. more like this
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Lord West of Spithead more like this
star this property uin HL482 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>The government has developed bespoke advice, as part of the Trusted Research campaign, which will help UK universities and research institutions make informed decisions about international collaboration and, in doing so, protect their intellectual property, sensitive research and personal information. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) continue to work closely with the academic sector to improve their security practices and help protect academic establishments from threats.</p><p> </p><p>The government welcomes international students to study in the UK. We recognise that they enhance our educational institutions both financially and culturally. They enrich the experience of domestic students and they become important ambassadors for the UK in later life. In the recently published ‘International Education Strategy’, the government set out its ambition to increase the number of international students in the UK to 600,000. This is underpinned by measures to support the sector to attract students from all over the globe, including the recently announced Graduate Route, which will enable institutions to recruit on a sustainable basis.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-11-05T14:49:26.883Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T14:49:26.883Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord West of Spithead more like this
1167562
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star this property date less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities: Finance more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK Universities about concerns over the future finances of universities. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL570 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>The Office for Students (OfS) is responsible for assessing and monitoring the financial sustainability of registered higher education (HE) providers in England. The English HE sector overall remains in reasonable financial health, according to the OfS, in its report published on 4 April 2019. The OfS has currently registered 388 HE providers. This means that it has assessed that each of those providers has met a registration condition of being financially sustainable looking out for a period of five years. The OfS will continually monitor providers’ compliance with this registration condition, as with all registration conditions, in a way that is appropriate to the circumstances of individual providers.</p><p>Ministers and officials in the Department for Education regularly discuss a wide range of issues relating to HE with the OfS. Similarly, Ministers and officials frequently meet representatives of individual HE providers and sector representative bodies.</p><p>Education is a devolved matter. The Department for Education is responsible for HE in England only. The OfS is the regulator for HE in England only.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-11-05T14:40:22.623Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T14:40:22.623Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1148439
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star this property date less than 2019-10-07more like thismore than 2019-10-07
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that UK universities stay competitive with universities elsewhere in the world. more like this
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Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
star this property uin HL18042 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-08more like thismore than 2019-10-08
star this property answer text <p>The UK has a world-class reputation, with globally renowned teaching and cutting-edge research and innovation. We want to deliver better outcomes and value for students, employers and taxpayers who underwrite the system.</p><p>The Office for Students (OfS) is now fully operational and puts students and student choices at the heart of the higher education (HE) sector and its regulation. By encouraging diversity and innovation in high quality provision, the government is supporting the sector to meet the needs of all students in HE, whatever their background or study choices, as well as opening up the sector to greater competition.</p><p>The OfS has formally adopted the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) as its scheme for assessing the quality of HE provision in England. Participation in the TEF is a condition of registration for English HE providers with more than 500 undergraduates. Participation is voluntary for smaller HE providers and for those in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The TEF encourages excellent teaching to flourish by re-balancing the priority given to teaching and learning compared to research.</p><p>The TEF will provide strong incentives to HE providers to prioritise the student learning experience. In due course we will lay before Parliament the report of the independent review of the TEF, which has been conducted by Dame Shirley Pearce.</p><p>In August 2019, my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, announced a new fast-track immigration route aimed at allowing a wider pool of scientific talent to come to the UK. This route will ensure that those with specialist skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects can come to the UK and make an important contribution to our leading science and research sectors, significantly enhancing the intellectual and knowledge base of the UK. The route will be uncapped, ensuring that those with the required skill set can secure places.</p><p>The UK is a great place for research, accounting for 4% of the world's researchers, 11% of all citations, 14% of the world’s most highly cited articles and 4 of the world’s top 10 universities. The government recognises the important contribution of our universities to research, innovation and working with business. This contribution is critical to achieving the ambitions of our modern Industrial Strategy, including delivering 2.4% spend of GDP on research and development by 2027. In the autumn, the government will set out plans to significantly boost public funding on research and development, provide greater long-term certainty to our scientific and research community and accelerate our ambition to reach 2.4% of GDP.</p><p>Additionally, on 11 September, my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister, announced a new graduate immigration route that provides an opportunity for international students who have been awarded their degree to stay and work in the UK at any skill level for 2 years. This represents a significant improvement in our offer to international students and will help ensure that our world-leading HE sector remains competitive internationally.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-10-08T16:13:41.433Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-08T16:13:41.433Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-10-29more like thismore than 2019-10-29
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Universities more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision universities are required to make for students who need to repeat a year or pause their studies due to (1) ill health, (2) having caring responsibilities, and (3) a pregnancy; and to what extent the Department for Education expects universities to make equal provision for such students in cases where the university concerned decided to close down a department part of the way through the degree course for any student concerned. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL486 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>The Office for Students (OfS) is responsible for safeguarding standards within the sector. It ensures that the Department for Education works collaboratively with the sector to make sure that it acts in the best interests of students. The regulatory framework is designed to ensure that higher education providers are: providing value for money for students; are taking action to improve access and participation; and they have student protection plans in place in case of any market failure.</p><p>My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Education’s guidance to the OfS sets out that student interests should be central to the mission of the OfS and that the OfS should promote a positive higher education experience.</p><p>In relation to the student experience, the government has asked the OfS to promote providers’ active engagement with the welfare and wellbeing of students and in particular encourages measures to support student mental health.</p><p>Undergraduate students who are required to repeat a year of study on their course due to compelling personal reasons (e.g. illness, ill health or pregnancy) can apply for an additional year of tuition fee loan and living costs support from Student Finance England for their repeat year of study.</p><p>Undergraduate students who suspend their studies due to illness, caring responsibilities or pregnancy can apply to Student Finance England to continue paying their living costs support during their period of absence.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-11-05T14:42:41.587Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T14:42:41.587Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
1149764
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Students: Sexual Offences more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to increase the amount of support offered to university students who have been victims of sexual assault. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL57 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
star this property answer text <p>The government takes any form of violence and sexual harassment, including in Higher Education (HE), extremely seriously.</p><p>As independent and autonomous institutions, universities are responsible for providing a safe and inclusive environment for all students. The legal obligation for ensuring that students do not face discrimination, harassment or victimisation rests with the HE providers. They should discharge their responsibilities fully and have robust policies and procedures in place to comply with the law, and to investigate and swiftly address sexual misconduct.</p><p>The Office for Students and its predecessor provided £2.45m funding for 63 projects tackling sexual misconduct in 2017 and 2018.</p><p>A recent survey of universities by Universities UK shows that progress is being made to address sexual misconduct in HE. However, the government acknowledges that there is much further to go to combat the culture of harassment. We urge all university leaders to take ownership and prioritise a zero tolerance culture to all harassment and hate crime.</p><p>The government will continue to prioritise tackling of all forms of harassment and hate crime in HE.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-10-24T16:55:15.697Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-24T16:55:15.697Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1167558
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star this property date less than 2019-10-30more like thismore than 2019-10-30
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Solicitors: Training more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed withdrawal of Professional and Career Development Loans on those from low-income households seeking to qualify as solicitors through the Solicitors Qualifying Examination, which is scheduled to be introduced in 2021. more like this
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Lord Storey more like this
star this property uin HL566 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-11-05more like thismore than 2019-11-05
star this property answer text <p>Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) closed to new applicants in January 2019. The department identified the majority of prospective applicants had access to statutory loans, such as Advanced Learner Loans and postgraduate master’s loans, for the courses they intended to study. Demand for PCDLs had fallen significantly as a result.</p><p> </p><p>It was not possible to assess the impact of this decision on an examination that did not exist at the time.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-11-05T14:30:20.103Zmore like thismore than 2019-11-05T14:30:20.103Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Storey more like this
1149757
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star this property date less than 2019-10-14more like thismore than 2019-10-14
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Overseas Students: Hong Kong more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent supporters from mainland China bullying and intimidating fellow students from Hong Kong in British universities who are carrying out legitimate activities in support of those demonstrating in Hong Kong in favour of the Sino-British Joint Declaration. more like this
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Lord Pendry more like this
star this property uin HL50 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-24more like thismore than 2019-10-24
star this property answer text <p>Universities have a duty of care to all students, domestic and international, and must take reasonably practicable steps to ensure freedom of speech, within the law, is secured for staff, students and visiting speakers.</p><p> </p><p>Studying for a degree gives students from different backgrounds and perspectives the freedom to explore contrasting views and the skills to evaluate information, including that about the current situation in Hong Kong. It is critically important that we protect this freedom. That is why we extended the existing freedom of speech duty to all providers registered with the Office for Students (OfS) through the Higher Education and Research Act. The approach of the OfS is to implement regulation as outlined in their regulatory framework, as attached.</p><p> </p><p>We expect all institutions to ensure that freedom of speech is not restricted as a result of bullying or intimidation.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-10-24T15:44:46.927Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-24T15:44:46.927Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Berridge more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Pendry more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-09-25more like thismore than 2019-09-25
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
star this property hansard heading Office for Students: Registration more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government how long, on average, it takes for an application by an institution for registration with the Office for Students to be processed; and what has been (1) the longest, and (2) the shortest, time taken for such an application, broken down by institution type. more like this
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this
star this property uin HL17800 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-10-07more like thismore than 2019-10-07
star this property answer text <p>There is no meaningful average time for higher education establishments receiving an outcome on their Office for Students (OfS) registration application. This is because the time taken from initial receipt of the application to a final registration decision is dependent on a number of factors.</p><p> </p><p>These factors include the completeness of the application initially submitted, the scale of the clarificatory information requested by the assessor during the assessment process and the length of time taken by the provider to respond to such information requests. In addition, other factors include the time taken for the provider’s access and participation plan to be negotiated and approved and the likelihood of the provider to breach its ongoing conditions of registration, including the ways in which that would impact its students. Furthermore, consideration is also given to the overall readiness of the provider to be regulated.</p><p> </p><p>Cases where decisions that have been reached more quickly often relate to circumstances where the provider has submitted a near-complete application or where queries during the assessment have been minimal. More timely decisions can be made where the risk assessment suggests that the provider is unlikely to breach any of its ongoing conditions of registration.</p><p> </p><p>Cases that have taken longer to assess have typically involved several attempts to obtain relevant information from the provider.</p><p> </p><p>The risk assessment may also suggest either that the provider does not satisfy one or more initial conditions of registration (in which case the provider may make representations against the proposed decision to refuse registration), or that the provider may be at increased risk of breaching one or more of its ongoing conditions of registration, once registered.</p><p> </p><p>In these cases, the OfS is likely to conclude that the interests of students are best protected by taking regulatory action with which the provider must comply, such as applying specific conditions of registration or enhanced monitoring arrangements. Such occurrences would lengthen the timeframe for a decision on an application.</p><p> </p><p>The OfS will be publishing an analysis of the key themes that arose during the initial registration process in the autumn.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Berridge remove filter
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less than 2019-10-07T11:44:55.51Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-07T11:44:55.51Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Hunt of Kings Heath more like this